Lake Winnipesaukee

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Arcadia Publishing, 2001 - History - 160 pages
A world unto itself, Lake Winnipesaukee and its environs have attracted and sustained a variety of cultures over the past centuries, from early American Indian tribes, to New World settlers, to today's seasonal tourists. Whether Indian hunter, aspiring pioneer, or modern-day angler, each, in turn, fell for the region's wild allure: its sheer natural beauty, fertile soils, and waters teeming with an assortment of fish, including great quantities of shad, salmon, pickerel, smelt, and trout. Within this magnificent setting, scores of hardy, resolute frontier men and women worked tirelessly to fashion homes and towns along the bays, tributaries, islands, and shoreline of the lake. Lake Winnipesaukee documents the history of the region from its early Native American heritage to the lasting legacy of the first American settlers. With over 150 accompanying illustrations, the many stories recorded in this unique volume evoke memories of a simpler way of life, when the lake was evolving from a scattering of humble villages, like Laconia, Meredith, and Wolfeboro, and just beginning to toy with a budding tourist industry. Readers of many generations will enjoy reliving the early summer camps, upstart businesses, and the variety of entertainment and recreation the lake's waters have provided, such as canoe trips, steamships rides, and ski boat adventures.

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The First Settlers
The Lake and Its Islands
Railroads and Steamboats in Motion
Summer Camps
Navigation and Recreation

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Bruce Heald, longtime resident and historian of New Hampshire's pristine Lakes region, has skillfully crafted a highly readable and highly visual history of one of the state's most endearing and visited natural landmarks. Both natives and visitors alike will agree that Lake Winnipesaukee provides fitting testimony to the sheer poetry of the lake and the traditions of its people.

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